Category: Endometriosis

Natural Treatment for Endometriosis with the Help of Yoga and Ayurvedic Herbs

Endometriosis is an inflammatory, painful and hormonal condition in which the endometrial tissue (which normally lines inside the uterus) starts growing outside the uterus.

Most commonly, the growth is on the outer surface of the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and in some cases, it can also spread inside the abdominal cavity.

This endometrial tissue which grows outside the uterus continues to shed blood in sync with the menstrual cycle. This shedding of blood causes much pain, irritation, and inflammation associated with endometriosis.

The outside growth of tissue over time leads to the formation of scar tissue which in turn results in organs like (intestines and urinary bladder) sticking together. This can cause severe pain during menstruation, cramping, chronic pelvic pain, constipation, bloating and pain during sex.

Endometriosis Treatment

Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis

  1. Heavy painful periods and cramping during menstruation.
  2. Pain during sexual intercourse.
  3. Bowel symptoms like constipation, bloating or IBS like symptoms.
  4. The problem in conceiving (Infertility).
  5. Deep sharp pain during urination/ bowel movements.
  6. Fatigue

Ayurvedic Concept of Endometriosis

According to Ayurveda, Endometriosis is a Sannipatika condition involving all the three doshas, but primarily it is considered to be a Kapha problem due to overgrowth of tissues much like a tumor. Due to the involvement of blood and inflammatory conditions related to endometriosis, it is considered as a Pitta problem.

Vata is also involved causing much pain and displacement of endometrial cells from their original location to outside the uterus. It is mainly a condition of Vata pushing Pitta, pushing Kapha out of their natural place.

Therefore, the Sannipatika nature of the disease involves the three doshas. This condition of endometriosis is very well explained in our Ayurvedic  granthas like Charak Sanhita ( Chikitsa Sthan , Chapter 30 , Shloka no. 14,15 )

Ayurvedic Treatment of Endometriosis

Endometriosis and Natural Treatment

Unfortunately, most treatments which include long term use of painkillers (NSAIDS and Hormones) normally can provide temporary relief, but also have risks of damaging the gut lining and other complications.

Ayurveda provides a total holistic approach to heal the root cause of endometriosis, including pain reduction, removing of unhealthy tissue, and healing the damage. Ayurveda provides a long term, sustainable approach, which helps in reducing chronic inflammation, balances the hormones, and improves the body’s immune power through diet, herbs, rasayanas and physical therapies like Yoga and meditation.

Plant Based Anti-inflammatory Diet for Endometriosis

  1. Green leafy vegetables like Brussels, sprouts, broccoli.
  2. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, peanuts etc. can be taken daily.
  3. Plant based proteins like legumes and whole grains.
  4. Include plenty of fresh fruits.
  5. Fish or poultry.
  6. Flax seeds which are high in fibers, antioxidants  and are helpful in estrogen related conditions.

Foods Which Should be Avoided

  1. Dairy Products.
  2. All kinds of processed food and gluten things.
  3. All Corn.
  4. Sugar
  5. Red meat
  6. Excess of tea and coffee
  7. Saturated and trans fats

Treating Endometriosis With the Help of Yoga

As there is pain and inflammation associated with endometriosis, Yoga Postures helps a lot by reducing the discomfort. Various Yoga Asana allow stretching of abdominal and pelvic regions. The breathing exercises help to calm down the pain, helps to relieve bloating and promote feelings of relaxation.

Yoga poses like Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) and Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) are advised during the time of pain, bloating and discomfort.

Some other poses include Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand ) is really helpful in women with endometriosis as it helps by balancing the endocrine system.

Herbal Treatment of Endometriosis

Ayurveda Provides Many Herbs Which Are Able to Treat Symptoms Associated with Endometriosis.

These Include

  1. Haridra: Haridra (Curcuma lonhas anti-inflammatory properties. It really helps to get relief in pain and inflammation.
  2. Shallaki: Shallaki also known as boswellia serrata contains boswellic acid, which helps to reduce the inflammation by suppressing the overgrowth of inflamed tissue.
  3. Lodhra:Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa)  helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. It helps in treating various bleeding disorders.
  4. Shatavari: Asparagus racemosus helps to reduce symptoms associated with endometriosis by increasing the strength and immunity of patients.
  5. Ashoka: It is also called Saraca indica. The bark of ashoka tree is used to prepare the medicine as it helps to relieve symptoms of endometriosis.
  6. Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is an adaptogenic herb , so it helps to improve the symptoms of endometriosis by increasing the immunity of patients.
  7. Arjuna: Arjuna also known as Terminalia Arjuna is the best herb for relaxing mind and heart. It helps to relieve stress and anxiety related to endometriosis.
  8. Udumbu: Its scientific name is Ficus glomerata. This herb helps to treat many symptoms associated with endometriosis.

Treatment of Endometriosis  by Planet Ayurveda

Ayurvedic Medicine for Endometriosis

Treatment of Endometriosis

Planet Ayurveda provides Endometriosis Care Pack for Ayurvedic Treatment of Endometriosis. It is a combination of the best herbs which are very effective in Treatment of Endometriosis. We use 100 % pure and natural herbs and these are without any preservative or additive.

This Herbal Pack Contains Following Formulations

1. Female Health Support

This herbal formulation helps to balance vitiated vata dosha in the body as vata dosha is the main cause of gynaecological disorders. The capsules contain standardized extracts of Ashoka(Terminalia arjuns), Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Shatavari(Asparagus racemosus).

Dosage – 2 capsules twice daily after meals with water.

2. Aloe Vitals Capsules

Aloe vitals is very effective as Aloe vera is the main ingredient of these capsules. This capsule has anti inflammatory and cooling properties. It has rejuvenation ability which helps in rejuvenation of the endometrial lining of the uterus.

Dosage – 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals only.

3. Pradrantak Churna

Pradrantak churna is a combination of herbs like Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Ashok (Saraca indica), Udumbar (Ficus glomerata), Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna). It is the best herbal remedy for female health problems. This combination naturally balances disturbed female hormones.

Dosage – 1 teaspoonful twice daily with water.

4. Shatavari Capsules

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is the main ingredient of these capsules. These capsules are enriched with antioxidant properties. It is a potent herb to maintain hormonal imbalance in females. It is the best herb to treat infertility.

Dosage – 2 capsules twice daily after meals with water.

6. Boswellia Curcumin

Boswellia curcumin is a combination of Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin(Curcuma longa). It is an effective remedy to treat inflammation and relieve pain.

Dosage – 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.

What Foods to Eat and Avoid If You Have Endometriosis

Foods to Eat and Avoid If You Have Endometriosis

What is Endometriosis?

As per Modern Aspect:

It is a painful disorder in which the inner tissue lining of the uterus called endometrium grows outside the uterus.

It usually involves fallopian tubes, ovaries and the tissue lining the pelvis.

When there is an involvement of ovaries, cysts called endometriomas may form. There is an irritation in the surrounding tissues that eventually develop scars and adhesions. Endometriosis can cause pain; sometimes it is very severe, especially during periods. Chances of infertility may also develop. It includes many symptoms like painful urination, pain during intercourse, excessive bleeding, constipation/ diarrhea, and fatigue.

As per Ayurveda concept:

In Ayurveda, we can relate it with Yonivyapat.

Yonivyapat By Charaka:

  • Arajaskayoni (Amenorrhea)
  • Putraghni (Bad Obstetric history)
  • Udavartayoni (Dysmenorrhea)
  • Suchimukhi ( Atrophy of Uterus-congenital anomaly)
  • Vamini (Small uterus that expels the sperm and ovum along with menstrual waste)
  • Mahayoni (Prolapse of the uterus)
  • Shandi (Sterility)

Yonivyapat By Sushruta:

    • Udavartini (Dysmenorrhea)
    • Vivrta (Abnormal vaginal tract)
    • Paripluta (STDs with severe pain during intercourse)
    • Bandhya (Inherent Infertility)
    • Putraghani (Bad obstetric history)
    • Vamini, vivrta (wide or abnormal vaginal tract) and shandi

Pradara (abnormal Bleeding)

This can also result in infertility.

According to Ayurveda, the doshas lose their capacity to function properly. This abnormal functioning of Vata dosha can be a causal factor in endometriosis. Another factor can be a fundamental problem with low Ojas.

What foods to eat in Endometriosis?

Plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains:

Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are especially important for those who are suffering from endometriosis because these are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

  • Fiber intake may benefit digestion and reduces the risk of chronic disease. Intake of high fiber diet may lower the estrogen level by binding them to waste carrying bile and removes them through the digestive tract.
  • Some fruits that contain insoluble fibers include apples, plums, pomegranates, and citrus fruits.
  • Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of fiber diet and both have an antioxidant property that combats the inflammation.
  • Vegetables have both anti-oxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in vitamins A, C, and E.

It includes:

  • Carrots
  • Brussels
  • Cauliflower
  • Peas
  • Sprouts and other green leafy vegetables.
  • Omega-3 fats:

Omega-3 fats are the building blocks of the body that provides relief in pain and inflammation because they have an anti-inflammatory property that can be found in fatty fish. Many fish oil supplements that contain omega-3 fats significantly decrease menstrual symptoms as well as pain.

Gluten-Free Diet:

A gluten-free diet should be given in endometriosis because it helps in a reduction in pelvic pain, painful menstruation and other symptoms of endometriosis.

It includes:

  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Buck Wheat
  • Wild Rice
  • Liver supporting foods:

Certain foods may help in the breakdown of estrogen and remove the toxins from the body. Intake of cruciferous vegetables helps in providing relief from the symptoms of endometriosis.

It includes:

  • Lemon
  • Beets
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger

Anti-inflammatory herbs:

Certain herbs such as ginger and turmeric have an anti-inflammatory property that reduces the uterine inflammation and other symptoms and provides relief to the patient.

Nuts and seeds:

Nuts and seeds are excellent sources of vitamin B complex and high in omega-3s, which are good for those with endometriosis and provides relief.

Many nuts such as Brazil nuts contain high amounts of selenium, which helps the body to fight against abnormal cell formation by its anti-oxidant property.

Walnuts:

Like almonds, it also contains omega-3 fats and consumption of these nuts will help in increasing fatty acids and helps in balancing the omega 3 to omega 6 ratio.

Diet for Endometriosis patient

What foods to avoid in Endometriosis?

Avoid dairy products:

Avoid dairy products because of its dioxin content and naturally occurring hormones in it. It should definitely be organic with no addition of hormones.

Alcohol:

Alcohol is an inflammatory agent that impairs the ovarian function and affects fertility. It depletes vitamin B complex and increases the load on the liver which is responsible for detoxifying the body from toxins, chemicals. Females with endometriosis should reduce their caffeine and alcohol intake. This helps in alleviating the symptoms such as painful menstruation, uterine irritation, etc.

Soy Products:

Avoid the intake of soy foods because they are estrogenic and an increase in estrogen results in the thickening of the uterus that triggers endometriosis growth.

Non-organic foods:

Non-organic foods contain pesticides, hormones, fertilizers and toxins that can interfere with normal regulation of hormones.

Unhealthy Oils: :

These unhealthy oils increase the ‘bad’ cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease. These are found in foods such as commercially prepared baked goods, corn chips, vegetable oil shortening, microwave popcorn, etc. To eliminate the intake of trans fat, hydrogenated oils and highly refined omega 6 vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, cottonseed etc.

Caffeine:

Intake of an excess of caffeine alleviates the symptoms in some females and increases pain and inflammation symptoms and upsets the digestive system. It increases the production of estrogen levels in the body that encourages the development of endometriosis, causes chronic pain and other problems.

Avoid red meat:

Women who eat red meat are likely to have endometriosis because red meat contains dioxin that affects the levels of hormones. Beef, steak, pork, and veal should be avoided.

Avoid sweets (sugar) and refined flour:

Sugar has an inflammatory action and white foods such as white flour; has a high glycemic index. High Glycemic index means when the body rapidly converts white carbs into glucose in the bloodstream. To reduce the intake of sugars as much as possible.

Which therapies that can help in the management of endometriosis?

Exercise can help in the management of endometriosis by reducing the estrogen levels and release good hormones. Many other therapies can help in reducing the symptoms of endometriosis such as Yoga, meditation, and acupuncture that help in reducing stress and encourage relaxation.

Conclusion:

Endometriosis is an inflammatory pelvic condition that occurs in women who menstruate abnormally, which is caused by the presence of inflammatory endometrial tissues that are located outside the uterus and also involves fallopian tubes and ovaries. Foods that you should avoid and foods that you should eat are mentioned above. Therapies have also mentioned that help in reducing the symptoms regarding endometriosis.

Hope this information is useful.